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minor scale

n. Music
A diatonic scale having a semitone between the second and third degrees and any of several intervalic arrangements above the fifth.
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mi′nor scale′


n.
a musical scale having half steps between the second and third, fifth and sixth, and sometimes seventh and eighth degrees.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.minor scale - a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 2nd and 3rd and 5th and 6thminor scale - a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 2nd and 3rd and 5th and 6th
musical mode, mode - any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave
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Major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales on all 12 pitches are notated with fingering for two octaves, hands together.
In terms of harmony, I built my lines from a particular set of scales: E Lydian, E natural minor, E harmonic minor, E melodic minor, as well as E flat Lydian augmented.
The discussion of the minor keys on page 30 contains definitions and examples of the relative minor, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales for A minor.
The incessant pattern of undulating repeated melodic minor seconds in the piano creates a real sense of being lost in the fog in "Lost." The dotted eighth/sixteenth patterns in the piano for "Limited" evoke the motion of the train headed across the prairie from Chicago to Omaha, complete with a lonesome train whistle near the end.
The result is a rotation of what Polignac referred to as the "major-minor" scale (D E F# G A B[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] C D), which itself is a rotation of the ascending melodic minor scale, here starting on G.
This sequence of intervals is a property of the ascending melodic minor scale, from the sixth degree up to the third.
However, doing so does not require a bassoon major to be able to play a deceptive cadence and two-handed melodic minor scale in F-sharp minor!
The ordered collection of pitches in the concerto's opening, lot instance, is better explained as melodic minor than as "Aeolian modal" (p.